National investigators to aid in disappearance of Boone man

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Officials say investigators from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are assisting in the search for a college student who disappeared from a North Carolina mountain town in April.

The Boone Police Department said in a news release that the lead investigator on the case spent two days with investigators from the center. The release says the center investigators will assist with the technical aspects of the case involving the disappearance of James Martin Roberts.

Martin was last seen in April near the Appalachian State University campus in Boone. He was a student at Caldwell Community College and was living in Boone.

Authorities say he left a letter in his room indicating that he was leaving everyone behind. He made no specific mention of harming himself.

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